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P03.25 Perception of high school students on risk for acquiring hiv and utilisation of voluntary counselling and testing (vct) service for hiv in debre-berhan town, ethiopia: a quantitative cross-sectional study
  1. S Sisay1,
  2. W Erku2,
  3. G Medhin2,
  4. D Woldeyohannes3
  1. 1Department of Biomedicine, School of Health Science, Dilla University, P. O. Box 419, Dilla, Ethiopia
  2. 2Department of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University, P. O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  3. 3Department of Public Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, P. O. Box 16417, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abstract

Introduction Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic among youth is largely ignored and remains invisible to both young people themselves and to the society as a whole. Thus, the aim of the study was to assess the extent of perception risk of HIV and utilisation of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) service among high school students at Debre-berhan Town, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia.

Methods A cross-sectional study was carried out from November 2010 up to January 2011 among secondary school students at Debre-berhan Town. Perception risk and VCT use were considered as dependant variables. A stratified random sampling technique was used to recruit study participants by taking schools as strata. Semi-structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the necessary data. Data were entered and analysed using SPSS version 17.0. P-value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.

Results A cross-sectional study was carried out from November 2010 up to January 2011 among secondary school students at Debre-berhan Town. Perception risk and VCT use were considered as dependant variables. A stratified random sampling technique was used to recruit study participants by taking schools as strata. Semi-structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the necessary data. Data were entered and analysed using SPSS version 17.0. P-value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.

Conclusion Some students were engaged in risky sexual behaviour even though they had heard about HIV/AIDS. The perception of risk for acquisition of HIV infection and utilisation of VCT were low. Thus, education on topic of HIV/AIDS through integrating as part of school curriculum and encouraging the existing health institutions to provide youth-friendly sexual counselling services including VCT for HIV are strongly recommended.

Disclosure of interest statement The authors declare that they have no any competing interests.

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